How to Fix a Dryer Heating Element
When your dryer is not heating up more than likely the issue is your heating element. This is a common problem that most people are afraid to handle. Heating elements are not repairable so when they go out, they have to be replaced. You can save yourself some money by fixing or installing a new dryer heating element.
Things You'll Need:
- Dryer heating element specific to your dryer Screwdriver Long nosed pliers
Disconnect the dryer from the power source before beginning any work. You can disconnect from the wall outlet, from the fuse box or by flipping the circuit breaker.
Pull the dryer away from the wall so you can get to the back of the dryer.You may want to pull the dryer out from the wall with the help of a partner so that you do not strain your back if you have a heavy model.
Remove the back of the dryer using a screwdriver as needed to remove the screws. Put the screws you have taken out in a safe place so you can retrieve them easily when you replace the back of the dryer.
Use long nosed pliers to remove three items from the back of the dryer. Once the back of the dryer has been removed you will see a long vertical can on the right side of the dryer. You will need to unscrew one 5/16 inch hex screw to get this can loose. Do not remove it from the dryer. You just need to loosen it so that the can can be removed. Loosening the screw will allow you to tip the can rearward and lift off the two bottom hooks. Also remove the limit thermostat wire just above the can and the thermal fuse wires. The thermal wire is a small device mounted high on the side of the can with two wires attached. This should all come away as one piece.
Remove the old heating element by sliding it out of the can. This should leave a shell where the can was that is held in place by one small screw.
Slide your new heating element into the shell that held the old heating element. Work gently since there is not much holding the back of the dryer together right now.
Restore the back of the dryer to its original condition. Put the can that the heating element is inside back inside the dryer. Attach hex screw to hold box in. Put the dryer back onto the dryer and use screws to hold back onto dryer